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Pakistan asks Iran not to send in troops after guards kidnapped
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TEHRAN – Pakistan said on Tuesday that Iran should not send troops across the two countries’ shared border to retrieve five kidnapped Iranian border guards, according to Reuters.
On Monday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said Iran might consider sending its forces onto Pakistani soil if Islamabad did not take the steps necessary to fight against militants.
“Iranian forces have no authority to cross our borders in violation of the international law. We must respect each other’s borders,” the Pakistani government statement said.
A terrorist group calling itself Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, according to a Twitter account purporting to belong to the group. 
“The government of Pakistan regrets the suggestions of negligence on its part over the incident, especially when Pakistan’s active support against terrorists groups in the past, is well-known and acknowledged by Iran,” the Pakistani statement said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday that Tehran has asked the Pakistani government to take serious measures to catch and hand over the kidnappers to Iran.
She also urged the Pakistani government to strictly control the border areas and monitor the terrorists’ movements.

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